Florida is envied by many states for a number of reasons. It’s aptly nicknamed the sunshine state; it has beautiful, white sandy beaches and some incredible spring-fed rivers that offer up a crystal clear view into the underwater world. But what Florida is probably most renowned for is its world class fishing. From offshore fishing for billfish and tasty snapper to inshore fishing for world record tarpon, line-ripping snook or bull reds to some of the vastest cypress swamps for LARGE largemouth bass, Florida is indeed a fisherman’s paradise. Of all the locations throughout the state to fish in, Homosassa along the Nature Coast is one of the most prestigious areas to wet a line in; especially if it’s inshore action you’re looking for.
Homosassa is located on the east coast of Florida just below the bend. It is situated along the mouth of the Homosassa River where it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. The Homosassa River is a spring-fed river that provides temperate water no matter the time of year. To the north lies Crystal River and to the south, the Chassahowitzka River, both of which are also spring-fed. This confluence of warm water makes for an area that teems with life year-round. This is important to many inshore fish species that rely on the warmer water to feed and live in during the winter. Tarpon, snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, flounder and many more are year-round inhabitants of this area and stay active and hungry due to this warm water influx. It’s no wonder why fishermen travel from all over the globe to fish these pristine waterways.
With all this clear, warm water that enters the gulf from the aforementioned rivers comes the ultimate ability for sight fishing. The waters here are incredibly clear which provide the number one tool when it comes to sight fishing snook, redfish and tarpon. These crystal clear waterways meander with the tides along mangrove islands, oyster bars, vast grass flats and in and out of tidal creeks. These provide a smorgasbord for the numerous fish species that call these shallow waters home. It also provides them with hiding spaces needed to outsmart their predators, including us.
Let Captain Carey Gibson here at Southern Slam Outfitters show you the ins and outs of the labyrinth that makes up the inshore area of Homosassa. He not only knows the areas where these prized gamefish hide and hangout, but also has the knowledge of what they’re after at any given time. Book a trip today and let Capt. Carey reveal the secrets of the Nature Coast.